1996 Palmer 750ml

France - Bordeaux - Margaux | Third Growth/ Red / Bordeaux Blend   |     Watch

WA 91   WS 90   IWC 89(+?)   Collector 92
1996 Palmer Front View
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Professional Reviews For This Wine

Wine Advocate | Rating: 91

This wine, a blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, and 5% Petit Verdot, is performing well after its July, 1998 bottling. It boasts an impressively saturated purple color, in addition to a backward yet intense nose of black plums, currants, licorice, and smoke. Following terrific fruit on the attack, the wine's structure and tannin take over. There is plenty of sweet fruit, and the tannin is well-integrated, but the wine requires 7-8 years of cellaring.

Drink Dates: 2007-2028
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 122

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 90

Gorgeous aromas of currant and flowers follow through to a full-bodied palate, with silky tannins and a medium finish. A little more bottle age will open it even more. Very pretty.

Drink Dates: 2008+
Author: James Suckling
Issue: Web

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 89(+?)

Full ruby-red. Lower-toned aromas of boysenberry, mulberry, plum, tobacco, star anise and roasted oak. Vinous and rather tough in the mouth, with strong acid spine. This was harder to view than most '96s on my recent tour. Finishes with rather tough tannins. In an awkward stage following the bottling last July.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 84

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Collector Reviews For This Wine

Rating: 92
Author: brianvirgin
Trust Rating: 28
Tasted On: 03/22/2011

0 of 1 people found this review useful.

Average rating: 88, based on 4 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

1500 bottles owned by 277 collectors.

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About This Producer

Although Palmer stands among ten Third Growth properties located in Margaux, its primary rival for best of appellation comes from the first growth estate Chateau Margaux. Palmer's original name was Chateau de Gascq, but was changed to its owner's namesake after its purchase by General Charles Palmer in 1814. The current owners are the descendants of the Sichel and Mahler-Besse families, who acquired the property in the early 20th century.

Chateau Palmer is traditionally made with the assemblage containing a higher-than-average percentage of Merlot (up to 40%). The vineyards are situated on gravelly stone over bedrock. Palmer wines are generally rich, supple and a very fruit-forward in character. In addition to its grand vin, Chateau Palmer also produces a second wine called Alter Ego de Palmer, previously known as Reserve de General.

See other similar producers: Clos Louie, Chateau Grand Puy Lacoste, Chateau Leoville Barton

Wine Varietal: Bordeaux Blend

Six varieties are permitted to be used in a red Bordeaux blend: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot, and, less frequently, Carmenere. Each lends a specific characteristic to the finished blends, most of which are dominated by large percentages of either Cabernet Sauvignon, which brings aromatics and age-ability, or Merlot, which adds softness and body. In the Bordeaux region, Cabernet blends are found on the Left Bank and Merlot on the Right.

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